DOT compliance in trucking refers to the regulations set forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that commercial motor carriers, drivers, and vehicles must abide by to ensure safety on highways and roads. DOT compliance includes requirements related to driver qualifications, hours of service, vehicle maintenance and inspections, and transportation of hazardous materials.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency responsible for enforcing DOT compliance regulations. To be DOT compliant, motor carriers must obtain a DOT number, undergo safety audits, maintain accurate driver logs and records, and ensure their vehicles meet all safety standards.
All commercial motor carriers engaged in interstate commerce are required to be DOT compliant. This includes companies that transport goods or passengers across state lines for hire, as well as those that transport hazardous materials. It also includes for-hire motor carriers, private carriers, and anyone who owns or operates a commercial vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 10,001 pounds or more.
Additionally, all drivers of commercial motor vehicles are required to be DOT compliant. This includes meeting driver qualification requirements, such as having a valid commercial driver’s license and passing a medical exam. Drivers are also required to adhere to hours-of-service regulations to ensure they are not driving fatigued and can operate their vehicles safely.